Re: McCain's VP Selection Is High Stakes

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Condi will be McCain's running mate.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:26 PM
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Do the Republicans have anyone whose last name ends in -abel or -able?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:29 PM
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That would make me so happy. First, yay! Glass ceilings shattering and all that. Second, she'd be such a political liability. Leaving all matters of substance to one side, she does not project relaxed confidence when confronted with disagreement. To put it mildly.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:29 PM
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Second, she'd be such a political liability. Leaving all matters of substance to one side, she does not project relaxed confidence when confronted with disagreement. To put it mildly.

If Dan Quayle can be elected VP, Condi certainly can.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:33 PM
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Lieberman.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:35 PM
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I dunno. This is totally not about substance, but about telegenicness -- Quayle looked blandly pleasant no matter what was happening. Rice projects intelligence and competence very successfully when nothing conflicty is happening, but under attack she comes off as brittle.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:36 PM
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Tim Pawlenty


Posted by: Zippy | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:40 PM
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If McCain wants to distance himself from Bush, if not from Bush's policies - and it's not clear what McCain wants to do with the Bush legacy, Rice is not a good choice.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:40 PM
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But on the other hand, she is definitely neither white, nor male, nor old.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:42 PM
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A smart and sneaky pick that he probably won't make is Bobby Jindal.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:44 PM
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under attack she comes off as brittle.

Sexist.

(I'd say she comes off as a bitch, but, hey.)


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:45 PM
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(Also, I think GB is on crack, but that's nothing new.)


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:46 PM
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10. that really would be a good pick for him. Balance out the minority gap, plus care for Louisiana, plus Jindall just passed a big ethics package..young, charismatic..he rates a bit on the Muslimlike scale, but he knows how to fight that, and he's not ashamed to say "I love Jesus" as many times as the voting monkeys want him to.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:48 PM
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12. antisemite


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:49 PM
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Hasn't Jindal been governor for, like, five minutes?

Speaking of identity politics, per this:

Women are not the only ones being courted specifically. The Marines Corps is reaching out to Latinos with ads in La Raza newspaper that emphasize family and honor ("Each unit in the Corps is a family, and each member knows they never stand alone"), and to Arab-Americans with a message about nationality and identity ("I am American. I am Arab. I am a Marine ... I know where I stand").

I have to say I'm bemused. What on earth is that last tagline supposed to convey? "I'm really really really a patriotic American"?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:50 PM
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Jindal is pro-intelligent design, isn't he? Or am I remembering that wrong?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:50 PM
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Damn, I was pwn3d by Apostropher in #10. Jindal FTW.

Jindal loses points to Condi in the penislessness category, but they are tied for non-oldness and non-whiteness, and Jindal way outscores Condi in charisma.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:50 PM
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Oops. Link to aforementioned article.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:51 PM
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Seems like he's in a hell of a bind here. The contrast with Obama is going to make him look really fucking old. Does a young VP candidate exacerbate the problem? But picking another old guy is going to make the ticket look like Death '08.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:51 PM
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A smart and sneaky pick that he probably won't make is Bobby Jindal.

Too young, too not white, and the "outsourcing" jokes just write themselves. I think it has to be another white guy: that has long been the Republican party's competitive advantage, and it will be especially important this time around.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:52 PM
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"You can look at models, or you can be one"

Aside from the fact that this slogan could be aimed at men, too, this reminds me of a recruiting poster for the first World War that said something like: "You can study history, or you can make it."


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:56 PM
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Jindal is pro-intelligent design, isn't he?

Wikipedia says yes. Also, that Rush Limbaugh floated his name as a VP for McCain in February.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:56 PM
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I still maintain he's likely to pick Hutchison or Whitman. He's hired all the behind-the-scenes people from the Bush campaign and administration; the ones in front of the cameras would just be a liability. Hutchison would be an acknowledgement of continuing the Bush way of doing business or perhaps worse; Whitman would be a purely cosmetic distancing of himself from the poisonous atmosphere of the Bush White House. Given that I don't see Bush rating any better by the summer I expect he'll pick Whitman and she will grant him some E-Branch street cred and a bigger-than-expected bounce.

I am also 100% certain that, yes, everyone with any decision-making ability is looking at this as picking a Veep who will be President sooner rather than later. I think there are some very pragmatic Republicans who are looking at the Democratic race and realizing they are either going to be running against a woman or a black guy and figure if anyone is going to break one of those seals it had better be them. It would be much more palatable to them to have a non-becocked-cracker President be an "accident." Yes, I think the people in charge of political parties are almost always really terrible people.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:59 PM
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If the Republicans wanted to be non-insane, Sarah Palin would be a good choice.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 7:59 PM
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24: Huh. I'd never heard of her. This line from her Wikipedia bio has to be a mistake, though: "On March 5, 2008, Palin announced that she was seven months pregnant and would be expecting a child in May."

SEVEN months along and she makes the announcement?


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:03 PM
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It's all about balancing the ticket, of course. Which means McCain should choose someone who doesn't have anger management issues.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:03 PM
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Sarah Palin

Too young, too hot. There have already been rumors about him catting around with a much younger lobbyist, I think.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:06 PM
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Huh. I'd never heard of her.

You don't follow Alaska politics?! Anyway, Palin just gave birth. I think that's probably accurate as far as an announcement goes, although I thought her pregnancy was "officially" known earlier.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:06 PM
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14: There's a stereotype that Jews are crackheads?


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:09 PM
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McCain can't pick Condi, because he can't win without South Caroina or Kentucky.

Whitman is an inspired choice to pick up Scorned Hillary Supporter votes, pseudo-independents, and even more fellating from the media.


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Posted by: ed | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:10 PM
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You don't follow Alaska politics?!

FWIW, I'm extremely up-to-date on selected village politics.

There have already been rumors front-page news articles in the WP and NYT about him catting around with a much younger lobbyist


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:11 PM
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Tradesports is entirely unhelpful on the matter, offering only the odds that McCain himself will be the Republican VP nominee.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:12 PM
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picking another old guy warmonger is going to make the ticket look like Death '08.

Actually "Death 08" is good. Let's start calling them that now.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:12 PM
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Whitman's a good choice, recalling that McCain's base is the New York and DC media, who've always liked her. Jindal is a hell of a politician but a crank* and one who's been governor for less than a year. Condi is a non-starter -- she's rumored to be gay, has never run for elective office, was the worst National Security Advisor of my lifetime, and comes off terribly under pressure. I'd guess Pawlenty or Tim Portman.

* But a Catholic crank, which means nobody will say word one about it.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:13 PM
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Oops, in #33, that link is actually from Intrade, which was linked to by Tradesports.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:14 PM
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33: Actually, that seems like a totally logical conclusion to the current Republican trend towards consolidating power in the executive branch.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:14 PM
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There have already been rumors front-page news articles in the WP and NYT about rumors of him catting around with a much younger lobbyist


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:14 PM
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There have already been rumors front-page news articles in the WP and NYT about rumors of him catting around with a much younger lobbyist


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:15 PM
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Whitman is an inspired choice to pick up Scorned Hillary Supporter votes, pseudo-independents, and even more fellating from the media.

My recollection is that the Southern Conservatives hate her, perhaps more than they hate McCain and for the same reasons.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:16 PM
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Whitman is an inspired choice to pick up Scorned Hillary Supporter votes

I really think people are underestimating older women when they say things like this.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:18 PM
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McCain's base is the New York and DC media

Not enough to get those electoral votes, though.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:19 PM
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Pawlenty for sure. Word is the GOP doesn't want to take Jindal away from Louisiana this soon -- he's thought to be the kind of young, charismatic Republican who can finalize the GOP's complete takeover of the state.


Posted by: NCProsecutor | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:19 PM
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i appreciate that this is a dumb suggestion, but would the qualification criteria exclude arnie from the vice presidency as well as the presidency?


Posted by: snuh | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:22 PM
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I really think people are underestimating older women when they say things like this.

I suspect that category already trends more heavily Republican than the general base, so there are some affinities. But I think the basis of those affinities is poison to the SoCons.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:22 PM
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What about Chuck Norris? Did he distance himself from Huckabee towards the end for nothing?


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:25 PM
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he's thought to be the kind of young, charismatic Republican who can finalize the GOP's complete takeover ethnic cleansing of the state.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:26 PM
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Jindall served in congress before Gov, ya know. For VP, that'll do, I think. Of course, he'll Jindall would only agree if he thought he could become McCain's heir to the Presidency. He's probably stupidly ambitious enough in the way of politicians to believe that.


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:26 PM
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45: Do you know any older women who are Clinton supporters?? Because the ones I know wouldn't vote Republican if their lives depended on it.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:27 PM
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Snuh: Our Constitution saaaays...No.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:28 PM
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I really think people are underestimating older women when they say things like this.

Perhaps as a rule this is true, but if this time is like the last two times*, They don't need many votes too make it a big deal. There must be a few out there.


*it shouldn't be so close, but then again, it shouldn't have been the last two times either


Posted by: ed | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:31 PM
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Our Constitution saaaays

How quaint, relying on some old piece of paper like that.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:31 PM
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Do you know any older women who are Clinton supporters??

I did.

Because the ones I know wouldn't vote Republican if their lives depended on it.

It's possible you haven't met all of them. It's hardly news that old people are more likely to be conservatives, or more uncomfortable with an African-American. Nor is it news that HRC old-woman supporters understandably want a woman in the Executive very badly (famously, "before they die," but I put that under "Promises, Promises"). If McCain offers them a very moderate Republican woman with a real shot of becoming President--he's really old--and the Dems don't offer a woman, why wouldn't they opt for the better deal? Who wouldn't?


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:33 PM
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The older liberal women I know wouldn't vote Republican no matter what, but I can think of at least one 50-something woman I know who is conservative, has suggested she is (without telliing her husband) going to vote for Clinton, and would never vote for Obama. I could definitely see her voting for a McCain/Whitman ticket.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:34 PM
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44: Yes. To be eligible to be VP you have to be eligible to be president. Though that actually raises another question I hadn't considered before. If someone in the line of succession, say the speaker of the House, is 34 or a furriner, do they get skipped over? I guess they must.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:34 PM
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Witt-pwned, but with bonus content.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:35 PM
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55: I think so, because when Madeleine Albright was in the line of succession, wasn't there was talk that she wouldn't be eligible?

Maybe I am just thinking of the West Wing episode where they have to pick which cabinet secretary can't go to the State of the Union. How embarrassing.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:36 PM
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57: Yes, during Watergate this got some notice with Kissinger as SecofState.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:40 PM
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charlie crist supported mccain in florida's republican primary, he's a popular republican governor in a populous swing state, and he's well-liked by the fundies without being completely nuts (by republican standards). so he seems like a strong choice.


Posted by: snuh | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 8:59 PM
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I just know you guys want to see Lake Wobegon's March crime report:

Bad checks - 4; 4th-degree DWI - 1; juvenile runaway - 1; driving after suspension - 1; change address - 1; expired tabs - 1; no seat belt - 1; warrants - 5; failure to stop - 1; bus arm violation - 2; speeding - 10; window tint - 2; no proof of insurance - 5; driving after revocation - 1.
Six sex offender checks, three funeral escorts, three vehicles unlocked, three vehicles in ditch, three suspicious activity reports, three gas drive offs (two solved), two background checks, two parking complaints and two child welfare investigations.
One welfare check, one motorist assist, one garage fire, one meeting, one juvenile caught smoking, one juvenile dispute, one threats complaint, one harassing phone call report, one theft, one civil matter, one medical, one personal injury accident, one permit to purchase, one domestic dispute, one DARE graduation, one juvenile runaway located, one noise complaint, one 4th-degree DWI, one intoxicated male, one fight call, one property exchange, one lost property report, one domestic, one public assist, one stolen hand gun and one suspicious male reported.

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Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:06 PM
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I really think it'll be a white guy. Younger, I guess, but white nonetheless.


Posted by: asl | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:08 PM
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59: Except that he's a closeted gay man.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Posted by: NCProsecutor | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:10 PM
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Contest:

Correctly identify John's 4 appearances in the report.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:11 PM
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Thoughts on 60:

There are four degrees of DWI?

What does "change address" mean? Police pulled you over and your driver's license didn't match your real address?

Window tint: I wish so, so much that the police here had time to enforce this. Aside from the gun violence, it's the thing I loathe most about walking around the city. I think I even hate it more than the harassment, which I realize is irrational.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:17 PM
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60: Those "three funeral escorts" sound like the work of some very hard-core types indeed, and possibly with ties to an organized syndicate. What's the story, Emerson?


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:17 PM
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55, 57: All I want to know is how far down the line of succession we have to go to get Roslyn.


Posted by: Hamilton-Lovecraft | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:18 PM
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60 is how Encyclopedia Brown wold describe Idaville if they didn't censor him.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:19 PM
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59: And Crist is also teh ghey. So both tickets would then be historic firsts!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:26 PM
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That's three incidents a day, and we have two full-time cops.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:29 PM
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What's with the crime wave, John? New shipment of crack in town?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:30 PM
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A fourth degree DWI is charged if there are no aggravating factors. That means no prior DWI or DWI related license revocations. Additionally the driver cannot have a blood alcohol concentration in excess of twice the legal limit (.20) or have refused to take a test to determine that blood alcohol content. A fourth degree DWI offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:36 PM
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Mark Sanford.


Posted by: NĂ¡pi | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:41 PM
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64. you hate being around cars with tinted windows?


Posted by: Michael | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:42 PM
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Sanford does look like a likely contender. However! According to Wikipedia, he named his third son Bolton. Bolton Sanford. That puts Tagg Romney to shame in the awful name sweepstakes.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:48 PM
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you hate being around cars with tinted windows?

I regard it as exceptionally dangerous and actively antisocial. I don't believe it makes the drivers any safer -- we're not at a latitude where it's necessary for sun glare. All it does is make eye contact with the driver impossible for pedestrians, bicylists, or most other drivers. Especially in an urban environment, where people are routinely crossing blocks with no signals, this turns every interaction into a power game. It's obnoxious.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:49 PM
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There are four degrees of DWI?

That's when you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who has a DWI.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:52 PM
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John, what's the point of living in a high-crime area when you could live in a place like Shawville?

Established by Irish [Protestant] settlers in 1873 as a farming community, Shawville continues to enjoy a rich agricultural heritage [and amongst Irish RCs in the area, continues to be known under the name of Boyneville].

There's no crime in Shawville! Except, annually, for the 11th of July skirmishes, but that's nothing to speak of. And you don't even have to know French, except, once a year, to do your taxes.

Up the Pontiac!


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-20-08 9:54 PM
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I believe Rob Portman is the clear frontrunner.His weakne3ss is I guess having worked for Bush. Relative inexperiencemaybe, but your guy will be Obama.


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 2:28 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Portman

Used to work for Baby Doc Duvalier!

Didn't realize/remember he was OMB director from 06 to 07. Stronger ties to Bush than I thought.

Looks like an halfwit and a wimp too.

I do believe he's the clear frontrunner this particular moment. Maybe not so formidable.


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 2:34 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pawlenty

Pawlenty look ridiculous.

Perfedt pick on paper, weaker in reality, thankfully.


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 2:39 AM
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Aw. Portman's more impressive on video.
Says Eyeraq.


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 2:42 AM
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/off topic

does everyone know about this already?
Who needs dry cleaners with the wash-in-the-shower suit?


Posted by: Andy R. | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 3:05 AM
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IIRC, one regular has said he uses them.


Posted by: David Weman | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 3:22 AM
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If it isn't Lieberman or Pawlenty, then I suspect McCain will go with someone from a military background: Peter Pace, say. Conventional wisdom on VP picks has swung back toward the notion of reinforcing the core rationale for the candidacy rather than ticket balancing.

If McCain wants a female ticket balancer, Connecticut governor Jodi Rell could be an interesting choice. She doesn't give the 'wingers heartburn the way Whitman does (although her record on taxes in CT could be an issue with the Club for Growth crowd).


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 5:05 AM
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Take Tim Pawlenty, please!

Emerson has mentioned before that the 35W bridge collapse could be a serious liability, but does anyone ever get that exercised about the VP's scandals? Pawlenty's certainly a vicious, creepy rightist asshole, but he's no Spiro Agnew. I guess if I were McCain, the thing that might bother me most about picking Pawlenty would be the gigantic contrast in age and photogenesis. Put the two of them next to each other and McCain looks like Bob Dole warmed over.

My suspicion is that McCain will go with somebody much more like himself, i.e. a long-serving Repug congressman who hasn't gone out on a limb for much over the course of his career. There'll be talk about somebody younger and hipper, but the base will weigh in and it'll come down to another boring old WASP guy.


Posted by: minneapolitan | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 5:33 AM
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One welfare check, one motorist assist, one garage fire, one meeting, one juvenile caught smoking, one juvenile dispute, one threats complaint, one harassing phone call report, one theft, one civil matter, one medical, one personal injury accident, one permit to purchase, one domestic dispute, one DARE graduation, one juvenile runaway located, one noise complaint, one 4th-degree DWI, one intoxicated male, one fight call, one property exchange, one lost property report, one domestic, one public assist, one stolen hand gun, one suspicious male

This is poetry.


Posted by: strasmangelo jones | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 6:42 AM
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66: She was 41st in line. She was the Secretary of Education, so the analogous person would be Margaret Spellings. Not exactly a fair trade.


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87: me


Posted by: hunger_artist | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 6:42 AM
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By the light of a new morning I am starting to think that Whitman would be a highly unlikely choice. If the decision-makers are thinking in terms of a Veep likely to ascend then they want a reliable parrot, not someone who counts a resignation transparently in protest amongst her most notable actions while a member of the E Branch. That makes me lean towards Hutchison again. I think it would be quite smart of them to go for someone who will try to steal some of the history-making thunder but a very cynical choice for them would be some lily-white man who will, they hope, attract people not quite willing to vote for a woman or a black guy. If that's the case, I might as well throw a dart at a phonebook as guess. Ugh. This is why I hate politics.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:24 AM
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McCain could always go for the twofer old, out-of-touch, and unaccomplished ticket and pick Elizabeth Dole.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:28 AM
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Please, for the love of all the gods, let him take Dole. I'll throw in $5 and a busted lawn chair.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:30 AM
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I'd buy her bus ticket, certainly.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:32 AM
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If McCain offers them a very moderate Republican woman with a real shot of becoming President--he's really old--and the Dems don't offer a woman, why wouldn't they opt for the better deal? Who wouldn't?

The definition of moderate depends on your point of view. MCain needs to secure his base, first and foremost, so if he picks a woman, it has to be someone with solid conservative cred, who is also non-insane, and who will help in the South/West, since McCain isn't going to win New Jersey. The only woman who fits the bill that I know of is Kay Bailey. It seems like she's already campaigning for it.

If he's not going to do something like that, he really needs Ohio or Pennsylvania. Florida might help if it was a woman, but I don't think there's anybody there that fits the bill.

Condi would be a disasterous choice (as would Lieberman) for him. Both of those would signal that he intends to go down in flames as the Last Neocon.

Oops. Didn't see that:
I think it would be quite smart of them to go for someone who will try to steal some of the history-making thunder but a very cynical choice for them would be some lily-white man who will, they hope, attract people not quite willing to vote for a woman or a black guy.

Well, someone, anyone, who would improve McCain's position with the base is what they need. KBH would do that and a little more, and she's been aiming at the Presidency all along, so she'd be into it.

max
['I don't think he's that smart.']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:37 AM
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60: Lake Wobegon is a veritable Gotham City compared to Posh Deep Blue Suburb. A few representative excerpts from the lastest police log:

At 12:32 a.m., an officer reported observing a person dressed in black on Belknap Street off Elsinore Street who fled on foot after noticing the cruiser.
At 3:36 p.m., officers received a call complaining of a bus using Laurel Street on a regular basis to drop off students at the Alcott School.
At 2:36 p.m., a woman called to report landscapers making too much noise and dust while working on Keyes Road.
At 5:36 p.m., officers responded to a report of a knife case on the walking path behind Sanborn Middle School.
At 2:38 p.m., officers responded to a report of a grey sedan and black sports utility vehicle parked in strange place on Cambridge Turnpike.
At 3:27 p.m., a Mildred Circle resident reported an ongoing problem with his neighbor's dog barking.
At 5:57 p.m., officers responded to a report of an elderly female apparently removing mail from mailboxes on Thoreau Court. The responding officers spoke with both parties involved and found no problems.
At 2:30 p.m., a woman reported possible solicitors on Commonwealth Avenue. Subsequent calls reported Jehovah Witnesses in the area.
At 8:04 p.m., officers responded to a missing electrical meter at Concord Greene.
At 6:21 a.m., officers received a call from a Hubbard Street resident reporting workers using a leaf blower in the area.
Between 8:03 and 8:06 a.m., two Concord-Carlisle High School students reported iPods stolen from the girls locker room.
At 2:18 p.m., officers responded to a report of wild turkeys trapped in fenced in area in a backyard on Hunters Ridge Road.
At 6:49 p.m., officers responded to the Dunkin' Donuts on Main Street for a report of a verbal disturbance.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:38 AM
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At 6:49 p.m., officers responded to the Dunkin' Donuts on Main Street for a report of a verbal disturbance.

Mmmhmm.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:45 AM
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Knecht, you do understand that was a summary for the entire month of March, I hope.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 7:46 AM
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At 12:32 a.m., an officer reported observing a person dressed in black black person on Belknap Street off Elsinore Street who fled on foot after noticing the cruiser.

There you go.


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97: From time to time, you'll read an entry that says something like "Received a report of a person who didn't look like they belong in Posh Deep Blue Suburb". This is generally understood to be code for "a black person".


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 8:04 AM
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Florida might help if it was a woman, but I don't think there's anybody there that fits the bill.

Katherine Harris has some time on her hands these days.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 8:41 AM
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Kobe: not old enough to be VP.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 8:42 AM
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100: But Isiah Thomas is!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 8:44 AM
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So there seems to be a preference here for people who are relatively young for politicians (Pawlenty born 1960, Jindal 1971, Palin 1964, Sanford 1960, Portman 1955) or female/ethnic. I will stick my neck out and say it's going to be someone white, male, and older -- as old as late 50's, though probably not wrinkly -- due to the heavy factional politicking. It's going to be someone who's powerful and angling for the presidency, a Bush or a Truman rather than a Cheney or a Quayle. Hell, maybe even someone as far away from McCain politically as Bush originally was from Reagan (though of course there's less of a spectrum in the Republicans now to choose from). McCain's age means racial or gender balance won't be enough to put in someone like Rice/Jindal/Palin.

Eagerly waiting to see if I'm full of shit.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 8:55 AM
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At 3:36 p.m., officers received a call complaining of a bus using Laurel Street on a regular basis to drop off students at the Alcott School.

Those school-bus operating PIGBASTARDS! Only state violence, or the effective threat of it, will end their reign of horror.

At 2:30 p.m., a woman reported possible solicitors on Commonwealth Avenue.

You can't begin to guess how often I've wished I could call the police on possible solicitors. (Solicitors in Britain are a kind of attorney that is shorthand for tiresome respectability.)

Subsequent calls reported Jehovah Witnesses in the area.

They could put that on the news; "Police announced that the Witnesses Alert had been raised from yellow to amber alert. The public was advised to stay calm and go shopping."


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98: I remember someone in my home town called the cops claiming they'd spotted someone posing as a policeman. This was based on the fact he was black. He was, of course, actually a policeman.

If the control room operator had had any sense of humour, they'd have had the same guy respond to the call, but no such luck.


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67: I've got my niece turned onto Encyclopedia Brown, and she loves the books as much as I did (do?). I always keep my eye out for hardcover versions at used book stores. The paperbacks are a dime a dozen, but I've only found 2 hardcovers so far. I suppose I should look on ABE and alibris.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 9:27 AM
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I think Lieberman's got a decent chance. He's not a perfect candidate for vice-president for McCain, but it's not like anyone else would be either. The media loves Lieberman too, for the most part, and he does seem like the most acceptable non-Republican there is to Republicans.

If Lieberman does get the nod, it would be sort of like gambling and going double or nothing for the Republicans. Get all the pro-war, nominally centrist candidates worshipped by the media aligned with each other. After 2004, pro-Republican hacks spread talking points about how a 3 percent margin of victory was a mandate. In today's environment, if a McCain/Lieberman ticket did win somehow, calling it a mandate for more war would be a lot more plausible than it was in 2004. Then, if they lose, Obama would have to be a real miracle-worker to avoid disasters during his term. Or at least, far bolder than he has been so far. The Republicans would nominate a new Reagan to run against him in 2012 or 2016. If the Republican candidate wins, he would have even more opportunities for criminal behavior like Iran-contra, even fewer obstacles to deregulation, and an economy even more slanted towards the rich.

When people ask me about long-term planning or something, I usually reply that I try to avoid it, because it's too depressing. See what I mean?


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:05 AM
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My guess is Romney. Young, can raise money, the base likes him sort of okay, seriously ambitious.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:06 AM
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And he reportedly has a collection of silver medals, which are shiny!


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97: From time to time, you'll read an entry that says something like "Received a report of a person who didn't look like they belong in Posh Deep Blue Suburb". This is generally understood to be code for "a black person from West PDBS (across the tracks by the prison)".


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(across the tracks by the prison)

Haw, haw. You're seriously underestimating how deeply embedded in PDB country this particular S is. The prison is far, far away.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:14 AM
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107: I thought the base hated Romney, his hair and his weird non-Christian cult "religion."


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:21 AM
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I don't really understand why Huck is not considered even a possibility.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:23 AM
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112: Family scandal: his father's the town drunk.


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112: Huck is reviled by the moneycons. They absolutely despise him. I also think there's an element of wanting to slap him down for deigning to stay in so long and forcing McCain to spend money against him.

Romney might end up getting the nod as the guy no one at the top of the party fears. He has demonstrated a great deal of pliability.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:28 AM
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West PDBS has gentrified significantly over the last 10-15 years. Some of the old timers like to keep the tradition of snobbery alive, but there is no shame in living there any more.


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I thought the base hated Romney Lieberman, his hair and his weird non-Christian cult "religion."

Seriously, I don't think Lieberman stands a chance, even if he were to formally switch parties. There's a lot they dislike about Romney, but on top of his fundraising ability and ambition, his support is more or less a known quantity thanks to the primaries. He's also just the kind of odious prick that much of the party (esp. the moneycons) seems to find attractive. I wouldn't put any money on him yet, though.

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Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:35 AM
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Huck is reviled by the moneycons.

I guess I can see that, but I would think the moneycons would be unwilling to cut off their noses to spite their faces. McCain isn't perfect for the moneycons, but he fits even less well with the SoCon base. To the extent money is still con, I would think that a Republican win--which I believe Huck could help effect--would be much preferable to a Dem win.

(Why precisely Obama doesn't have distant, unconnectable people in the media pointing out the condescension of elite Republican attitudes towards Huck is beyond me.)


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 10:37 AM
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Sanford does look like a likely contender.

Stranger things have happened, but Sanford seems a very unlikely choice to me. He doesn't bring anything to the ticket except his youth, maybe, and his own terms in office have been marked by legislative in-fighting with his party comrades, foot-dragging, and drama. Nothing ruinous, but lacking any strong positives, I can't see why they'd take a risk with so many other candidates available.

Now if it weren't for the facts that Republicans dislike Lindsay Graham for the very same reasons they dislike McCain and a lack of the obligatory wife and kids, a McCain/Graham would be almost believable: the War Ticket with a human face.

Still, I'd bet on Romney.


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110. I don't think I am confused about the 'burb. I lived in a neighboring town that had the zipcode that PDBS really wanted.

115. Just looked at Trulia and Zillow and I see that the houses on Commonwealth Ave (by the prison) are over $500K. Gentrification and appreciation strike again. Those used to be prison-workers housing.


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119: I'll be damned. I never knew there was a prison there.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 11:32 AM
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It's an elite prison for the finest class of criminal, Sifu. These are blue-collar criminals. If they escape they won't murder you in your bed, they'll just con you into signing a piece of paper that ends up leaving you destitute.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 11:46 AM
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Nobody likes Romney.

Check out the caricature accompanying this article about HRC and BHO: The Big Night. I don't know what to make of it.


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121: White-collar criminals I'm sure you mean.


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"(Why precisely Obama doesn't have distant, unconnectable people in the media pointing out the condescension of elite Republican attitudes towards Huck is beyond me.)"

In contrast to elite Democratic attitudes?


Posted by: James B. Shearer | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 12:16 PM
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I lived in a neighboring town that had the zipcode that PDBS really wanted.

How did those motherfuckers get that ZIP code? The USPS probably decided they didn't want to adjudicate a dispute between PDBS its neighbor immediately to the East, so they just cut the baby in half and gave it to an unrelated party.

[Apologies to all for whom this comes across as occult nonsense.]


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In contrast to elite Democratic attitudes?

I don't think Obama has to worry that Huck's supporters will refuse to vote for him b/c the Democratic elite disdains them. McCain should worry.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 4:46 PM
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I guy I know who is a big McCain supporter just got back (ok, a couple of weeks ago) from a meeting with Jindal, for those of you who like tea leaves and Kremlinology.


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"I don't think Obama has to worry that Huck's supporters will refuse to vote for him b/c the Democratic elite disdains them. McCain should worry."

But Huck supporters won't listen to Democrats on this point. Anymore than black Democrats listen to Republicans on how the Democrats take them for granted.


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In contrast to elite Democratic attitudes?

Shearer, my point was to make this seem an "elite" problem rather than a Dem elite problem. Republicans have an odd hold on "populist" politics, largely, I think, as a result of their Southern conservative base. The point isn't to make Obama or the Dems seem better in comparison, but to change the assumed default voter identification.


Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 5:09 PM
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Ruprecht,

Come to think of it, there are two towns that have zipcodes that your town wanted. I went to LS and we lorded it over CC so that was the one I thought of first. But a year earlier would have done as well for PDBS.

Nope it wasn't to keep PDBS from duking it out with a town to the East. They aren't even in the same postal district so they couldn't have had it. As far as I can tell the zipcodes were assigned alphabetically. I know from friends who lived through it that your town complained very strongly but to no avail.

[Concur with the apologies. Google proofing through odd references.]


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04-21-08 5:41 PM
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Romney's only young by comparison to McCain; the man's about 60.

My money's on Haley Barbour. RNC big money guy, governor from a safe southern state, capable of soothing the troubled brows of Greater Crackerdom from the perceived mavericky maverickness of McCain.


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Barbour isn' what you'd call popular with the people of his state. They voted for him because he's a Republican. He was the Republican candidate because he's an incredibly powerful lobbyist and a caricature of a corrupt fat cat. Having him stand next to McCain would not make a single person on earth think "These guys are going to end the Bush policies I disagree with."


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Yeah, being southern helps electorally, but not if you're too southern, which Barbour is.


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